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MCSO Urges Runners To Be Cautious After Attempted Kidnappings

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Less than a week before the Missoula Marathon, the Missoula County Sheriff's Office is urging runners to be cautious, after two attempted kidnappings of Montana runners. Officials say one happened on the Kim Williams Trail, where a woman reported that she was grabbed by a transient male while running. That suspect remains at large. The second incident occurred in Lincoln, MT on the Fourth of July. In that case, three men were arrested for attempting to kidnap a woman that was running in a half marathon.

The Missoula County Sheriff's officials advises runners to follow these tips:

So for all of you Missoula runners, take some safety precautions into consideration while utilizing our local trails:

1) Be aware of your surroundings, take notice of who you pass on trails and what they are doing.

2) Tell a friend: Let a friend/family member know when and where you are running / hiking and give an estimated return time i.e."I should be done by 8, if not...come looking for me."

3) Run with a buddy: Run in a group, with a friend, or bring your pooch to keep you company on your run.

4) Carry your cell phone to report crimes, injury, or even suspicious activity.

5) If wearing ear-buds, keep your music volume low enough so that you can hear what is going on around you. Or only wear one ear-bud at a time.

6) Carry bear spray or mace on your person in the event that you encounter an aggressive human or animal.



 
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